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WTA / Premier Tournament. Stuttgart (Germany). Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Prize fund
: $ 886,077.
Surface : ground, premises.
Date : April 22-28.
Time difference with Moscow : -1 hour.
Application for the tournament (from 4.03.2019) : Naomi Osaka (1), Simona Halep (2), Petra Kvitova (3), Karolina Plishkova (5), Kiki Bertens (7), Angelica Kerber (8), Anastasia Sevastova (11), Daria Kasatkina (14), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (32), Dominika Tsibulkova (35 / WC), Victoria Azarenko (48 / LD).

Full list of participants .

Withdrawn : Sloane Stevens (4), Elina Svitolina (6), Daniel Collins (25), Maria Sharapova (29 / WC ).

The current winner : Karolina Pliskova.

The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix has been played since 1978 and is Europe's oldest indoor women's competition. The first 28 tournaments were held in Filderstadt, and since 2006 it has been held in Stuttgart at the Porsche Arena. The record holder for the number of titles is Martina Navratilova - six (1982, 1983, 1986-1988, 1992). Tracy Austin (1978-1981) and Martina Hingis (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000) each have 4 victories each. Tennis players from Russia also distinguished themselves in Stuttgart: Nadezhda Petrova won the title (2006) and was a finalist (2008), in 2009 the Russian final was played - Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Dinara Safina .

From 2012 to 2014, Maria Sharapova became the champion (the Russian woman had three victories only in Rome). It was in Stuttgart exactly two years ago that Sharapova played her first tournament after serving a 15-month suspension for the use of the illegal drug meldonium. The tournament in Stuttgart traditionally gathers the strongest roster, and at first the Russian woman was not included in the number of participants, but a wild card was immediately guaranteed. However, closer to the start, Maria refused to participate due to an untreated shoulder injury. Also in the application was one more representative of Russia - Daria Kasatkina . After Sloane Stevens , Elina Svitolina and Daniel Collins starred, Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka , who originally received a wild card, like Sharapova. Seeding-2019 was led by Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep .

WTA / International Tournament. Istanbul, Turkey). TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup
Prize fund
: $ 250,000.
Surface : clay, outdoor courts.
Date : April 22-28.
Time difference with Moscow : no.
Application for the tournament (from 4.03.2019) : Carla Suarez-Navarro (24), Michaela Buzernescu (31), Dayana Yastremska (37), Petra Martic (38), Maria Sakkari (41 ), Katerzhina Sinyakova (42), Victoria Kuzhmova (43), Ayla Tomlyanovich (44), Evgeniya Rodina (71), Anastasia Potapova (72), Margarita Gasparyan (75), Veronika Kudermetova (100 / Q), Svetlana Kuznetsova (108 / WC).

Full list of participants .

Refused to participate : Ons Jaber (55), Anna Shmidlova (63), Tatiana Maria ( 69).
Withdrew from the tournament : Camila Giorgi (30), Irina Begu (70).

The current winner : Pauline Parmentier.

The first tournament in Istanbul, Enka Open, was held in 1996 under the auspices of the ITF, and in 1998 acquired the status 4th category WTA, after which it ceased to exist. The new İstanbul Cup appeared in the calendar in 2005. Among others, representatives of Russia also became champions - Elena Dementyeva (2007), Vera Dushevina (2009) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (2010). Anastasia Myskina (2006), the same Dementyeva (2008) and Elena Vesnina (2010) made it to the final. From 2011 to 2013, the tournament again dropped out of the regular calendar, albeit for a good reason - during this period, the WTA Final Championships were held here. Since 2014, it is again an International category tournament.

The current champion is Pauline Parmentier from France, who also appears in the 2019 grid. The list of participants also includes an impressive number of Russian representatives - Evgenia Rodina , Anastasia Potapova , Margarita Gasparyan , Svetlana Kuznetsova (WC ) and Veronika Kudermetova (Q). The seed was headed by Carla Suarez-Navarro and Michaela Buzernescu .

ATP World Tour 500. Barcelona (Spain). Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Prize fund
: € 2 609 135.
Surface : clay, outdoor courts.
Date : April 22-28.
Time difference with Moscow : -1 hour.
Application for the tournament (from 4.03.2019) : Rafael Nadal (2), Alexander Zverev (3 / WC), Kei Nishikori (7), Dominik Tim (8), Stefanos Tsitsipas (10 ), Karen Khachanov (13), Daniil Medvedev (15), Fabio Fognini (17), Pablo Carreño-Busta (20), Diego Schwarzman (26 / Q), Grigor Dimitrov (28 / WC), David Ferrer (143 / WC ),

Full list of participants .

Refused to participate : Alex de Minor (24).
Withdrawn from the tournament : Chun Hyun (63).

The current winner : Rafael Nadal.

The tennis tournaments in Barcelona have been held since 1903. In 1953, a new Royal Tennis Club was opened in the Pedralbes area, where the competitions are still played and now belong to the ATP 500 category. The undisputed record holder for the number of titles (11) is Rafael Nadal (2005-2009 , 2011-2013, 2016-2018). The Spaniard has just failed to win a record 12 title for himself in Monte Carlo, so Barcelona has every chance of becoming the first tournament, somewhere around a dozen victories.

Seeding this year with Nadal was headed by Alexander Zverev , who received a wild card. There are two Russians in the grid - Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev , as well as last year's finalist - Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas . The tournament is designed for 6 kfriends and 48 participants. It is curious that the Argentine Diego Schwartzman (26) did not show up for the tournament on time, but successfully overcame the qualifications, and then won the first round match against the Japanese Nishioka.

ATP World Tour 250. Budapest (Hungary). Hungarian Open

Prize fund : € 524 340.
Surface : clay, outdoor courts.
Date : April 22-28.
Time difference with Moscow : -1 hour.
Application for the tournament (from 4.03.2019) : Marin Chilic (11 / WC), Borna Coric (12), Nikoloz Basilashvili (18), Laszlo Jere (32), John Millman (42 ), Mikhail Kukushkin (43), Pierre-Hugues Herbert (44), Dusan Lajovich (45), Andreas Seppi (47).

Full list of participants .

Withdrew from the tournament : Marco Cecchinato (16), Adrian Mannarino (52).
The current winner : Marco Cecchinato.

The tournament in the capital of Hungary replaced in the 2017 ATP calendar a similar category 250 competition in neighboring Romania (the tournament in Bucharest was played from 1993 to 2016 years). The first champion of Budapest was the French Luca Pui , in the next draw the Italian Marco Cecchinato scored. He was originally in the grid of the current draw, but then refused to defend the title due to illness. The 2019 grid was led by two Croats - Marin Cilic and Borna Coric .

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